"Dust Clouds in the Middle East" by Christopher Shores

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  1. vikingBerserker

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    #1 vikingBerserker, Jun 18, 2012
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    "Dust Clouds in the Middle East - The Air War for East Africa, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Madagascar, 1940-42"
    by Christopher Shores
    Grub Street - 1996
    ISBN 1-898697-37-X

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    Of all the theatres in WW2, one of the least written about has to be the Middle-East. If you have any interest in the Air War, then this book is a must!

    The book is 308 pages long with a number of pictures and maps and is divided into 5 sections:

    I - East Africa: UK/Commonwealth vs. Italians
    II - Iraq: UK/Commonwealth vs. rebel Iraqis, Italians, Germans, and some Vichy French in Syria
    III - Syria: UK/Commonwealth Free French vs. Vichy France
    IV - Iran: UK/Commonwealth Russia vs. Iran
    V - Madagascar: UK/Commonwealth vs Vichy France (and a Japanese sub that torpedoed the HMS Ramillies a tanker)
    [Commonwealth were mainly Australians and South Africans]

    It is organized in typical Shores method by day and shares the kills reported and the actual losses from both sides. The book is fascinating and it talks about the use of aircraft that was not very common in the other areas. Just to list a few:

    Olivier LeO 257bis - 5 seat biplane bomber used, err I mean destroyed by the British within minutes of having landed.
    Vickers Wellesley - bomber that set a world record.
    Vickers Valentia - biplane transport
    Bristol Bombay - bomber and transport
    Ju 90 - Transport
    Breda 65 - Iraqi Ground Attack Fighter

    It's a great book for a little known area of the war. The only bad thing I can say about the book is the lack of a general index. I have to rate it as a strong 10.
     
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    Interesting...love books about WWII side shows like this. Thanks for the review!
     
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    Chris Shores is a good author - will definately keep an eye out for this one. Thanks!
     
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    Vikingberserker,
    I quite agree with your review. It's an excellent book about little know air campaigns. I find all of Mr Shores books to be full of great information. I would like to recommend his, " Fledgling Eagles " about the Phoney War.
     
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    Thanks for the headsup on that Steve, I'll look for it.

    David
     
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    "Air Aces" is another good one. Covers EVERYBODY from 1914 - 1980s.
     
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    I am waiting for his new book on the Middle East, It was due out last year but never made it to the shops
     
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    Glider,
    I believe it will be available in Europe and England next week and sometime next month in North America. Some people are talking about it over on the 12 o'clock high web site.
     
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    Many thanks
     
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    I cannot wait to get that one either, I ordered it back in May and I'm not the most patient person :lol:
     
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    Steve, I just got this book today and I'm 1/4th of the way through. You are right, it's amazing!
     
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    Vikingbeserker,
    Glad you like it. Enjoy.
     
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